Just outside of Bend city limits in Oregon’s high desert is Brasada Ranch. Families and their pets can rent cabins just a short walk from the resort’s heated outdoor pools complete with a waterslide and lazy river, an indoor lap pool, hot tubs, wet saunas and a wading pool for the little ones. Dads can also play ping pong or arcade games in the resort’s athletic center and rent bikes for all sizes. Brasada Ranch makes for a great summer weekend getaway with its full-service spa, pristine views of the Three Sisters from its golf course, and a wraparound porch at the kid-friendly restaurant serving farm-to-table plates from breakfast to dinner. Tip: They have the best s’mores and fire pits in Central Oregon. Brasada.com
Businessmen (and women) like to get involved with Bend-based nonprofit, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), a membership-funded organization that helps local businesses move, grow and start up. The organization supports young companies on issues, such as access to capital, critical expertise, and strategy. EDCO also helps companies moving to the area source regional data and select the best sites for their business, plus growing companies have access to six dedicated managers throughout Central Oregon. Each fall, EDCO also sponsors the highly-anticipated Bend Venture Conference where companies vie for money, and mentors, to grow their businesses.
CEOs looking for a stellar dinner spot for clients or a nice break with a loved one know to reserve a table at Bend’s Ariana restaurant on NW Galveston for fine dining curated by Chef Andres and Ariana Fernandez and its impressive wine list featuring Oregon and Washington vinos.
Bend’s 28-seat original programming movie theater is the Tin Pan Theater at 869 NW Tin Pan Alley. This alleyway location feels like a spot straight out of Harry Potter. The bar, red-velvet curtain, and intimate seating makes for the perfect cinematic evening. Although small in size, the theater features a big lineup of films both old and new, documentaries, special guest performances and other live events. Tickets for showings at this independent theater are sold on a first-come-first-served basis, so we recommend showing up early to grab your seats. Afterward, order a couple of apothecary-style cocktails taking center stage at the expertly-designed Dogwood Cocktail Cabin, which hosts social gatherings and the best late nights in Bend. TinPanTheater.com, TheDogwoodCocktailCabin.com
Bend Rock Gym on SE Centennial offers athletes and families climbing, fitness and even yoga courses. The gym has top rope, lead, gym to crag, crack climbing, and bouldering courses throughout the year. The gym always has open-climb hours and stays open until 10 p.m. every day. Whitewater fanatics go to Bend’s Whitewater Park for its four wave features suitable for emerging to expert whitewater enthusiasts, and from surfers to kayakers. BendRockGym.com
The Sports Fan
It’s no secret that Bend is home to some of the best fly-fishing in the country found both on the Deschutes River and the Crooked River outside of town. Stop by Fin and Fire Fly Shop in Redmond for one of the widest selection of gear in Central Oregon, plus beer and kombucha on tap. Come summertime, the Bend Elks amateur baseball team opens their season in June and play through August with home games at the Vince Genna Stadium on SE Roosevelt. Elks games draw upwards of 30,000 fans per season and the stadium features a BBQ deck, a beer garden and beer stand featuring local breweries and a concession store. FinAndFire.com, BendElks.com